Aberdeen Police officers rescued a 37-year-old Aberdeen woman from the Wishkah River on Sunday morning.
“Just after 11:30 a.m. Aberdeen police and fire responded to the Young Street Bridge for a report of one and then two women in the river,” said Lt. C.J. Chastain. “It was unknown if they fell or jumped in the river, but they were being swept upriver by the current.”
Arriving officers discovered one of the women was able to get herself to safety, but observed a second clinging to a piling and float on the south side of the river by the apartments in the 1200 block of Arthur Street.
“An officer was able to get to her location, drop his ballistic vest, and descend down muddy pilings and pull her out of the water,” said Chastain. “With the assistance of the second officer arriving to his location, together they were able to pull the woman up into the dry river grass, where paramedics arrived and took over.”
The woman was transported to the hospital for additional checkup. The officer who pulled her out of the river was not named. Chastain said the officer “wanted no personal attention for the team effort.”